Artifact Creature — Soldier
( can be paid with either or 2 life.)
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|New Phyrexia (NPH)||Common|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Porcelain Legionnaire Discussion
6 months ago
Okay so first of all: one drops of two different colors in pauper is really awkward. It should work out fine most of the time but I feel like it might turn some hands that would be auto wins if you can play your 1 drop into pretty bad hands. In fact, you can see how awkward it makes things by your mana base: if you had another red 1 drop instead of Young Wolf , you could probably get away with swapping 2 forests for 2 mountains.
I'm not a fan of Horned Kavu : it's a big pile of stats, sure, but it puts you behind on tempo and it leaves you very vulnerable to Snap which is a blue staple. I would much rather see a fourth Burning-Tree Emissary and another two drop like Nest Invader or Mogg War Marshal which would help you trigger Morbid. (As a side note, Blastoderm + Horned Kavu doesn't actually work because Blastoderm has shroud)
Speaking of Blastoderm , I'm not a big fan of it because it can't come down before turn 4, which is the turn you're either going to be overtaken by other aggro decks or the turn a control deck will start stabilizing so you need to have an explosive turn 4, which is the complete opposite of Blastoderm as it's just a big pile of stats with no real impact on the field.
Manamorphose isn't great either: it does basically say -1 card in your deck but the filtering doesn't seem very relevant when you could have more action in your deck. If you had a Thermo-Alchemist or a similar card in there, it would be alright but right now, I'd be more happy to see more Rancor .
Overall, I feel like this deck is a bit too slow. Here are some cards to consider to accelerate it: Vines of Vastwood , more Rancor , Nettle Sentinel if the deck veers green, Goblin Cohort and/or Mogg Conscripts , Goblin Bushwhacker if the deck goes wider, Hunger of the Howlpack , Porcelain Legionnaire , Vault Skirge if you have lots of pumps, Skarrgan Pit-Skulk , Savage Swipe if you mostly have 2-power creatures and maybe some more burn in the main like Chain Lightning and Reckless Abandon .
9 months ago
So, I'd start by cutting three lands again, adding more ramp sources, and adding card draw.
Card draw options: Mentor of the Meek , Rhystic Study , Book of Rass , Jace Beleren , and Skullclamp are all decent options. Group-hug options that are affordable include Kami of the Crescent Moon , Well of Ideas , and Dictate of Kruphix .
Cards to cut: Era of Innovation , Court Homunculus , Aethersphere Harvester , Esper Stormblade , Porcelain Legionnaire , Windwright Mage , and probably a bunch of other of your low-curve creatures. They just don't do enough to warrant a slot in EDH, really. You'll want to get out as much bang for your buck for each creature you pack into the deck.
You need some kind of focus for this deck, too. What do you want to do? How do you want to win?
quadmiller7 on Mardu
10 months ago
then lands at half price
cuts -1 Cultivator's Caravan , -1 Renegade Freighter , -1 Mardu Ascendency, -1 Ride Down , -1 Bloodsoaked Champion , -1 Butcher of the Horde , -2 Alesha, Who Smiles at Death , -2 Scoured Barrens , -2 Plains , -4 Swamp , -1 Mountain
1 year ago
The deck looks cool but I would take out the landfall cards. I know they work well with evolving wilds but you only have 18 lands so they will be irrelevant cards really quickly. Instead of those cards maybe try something like a Gust Walker Flayer Husk Porcelain Legionnaire
But if you wanted to stay with the land fall triggers try Elvish Pioneer and maybe an extra land or two
1 year ago
Update: I've taken another look at this deck, and I think it can still be improved. Also, a deck description wouldn't hurt; it would help others to know what you want out of this deck, and make it easier to help.
I'm gathering from this that the goal is to get small creatures with first strike pumped up, make them difficult to block, and then go in for as much damage as early as possible. If you really want to keep the Sulfur Elemental, I'd suggest adding either Crusade or Honor of the Pure. Crusade will help your opponent's white creatures as well (same as Sulfur Elemental), but it's the cheaper option, and contributes more to devotion for Iroas. I'd also highly recommend Porcelain Legionnaire, as it's a First Strike white creature like Boros Recruit, and also like Boros Recruit, it doesn't matter what mana you have available, just how much. It can also hit the field as early as turn 2, and it can get the boost from Sulfure Elemental and Crusade or Honor of the Pure. You could also probably get away with bumping down a couple more lands, it still seems like it's too much, especially for a deck in which the most expensive card has a CMC of 4.
For spell cards, you could use Demoralize or Gorilla War Cry to make creatures harder to block, and Gorilla War Cry gives a draw, too. Lose Calm can let you take over an opponent's creature, and give it menace, to get in some quick damage, and Invigorated Rampage would be a great card to boost attack power for one turn, and the Trample effect makes sure that boost doesn't go to waste.
I've actually been working on this for a bit, if you want to check out what I've been doing, here Help pls fix - Boros Menacing Champions. Feel free to grab some ideas from here or completely disregard it. I'd really recommend adding Crusade and Porcelain Legionnaire, they seem to help the deck quite a bit. I tried to keep everything fairly budget here.
1 year ago
Thanks Austin_Smith_of_Cards for your suggestion. Intense testing has led me to conclude that Porcelain Legionnaire is definitely valuable in this deck and I think replacing the two Flayer Husks is probably correct. The fact that Porcelain Legionnaire has first strike means that it matches up well against threats from Mono Green Stompy and other creature decks really well. However, I think that Myr Enforcer is too large for this deck TheTindell179. I've had times where Frogmite gets stuck in my hand and I'd have to imagine that Myr Enforcer would do the same. If I could find a way to stick more artifact lands in the deck then you may be right though.
1 year ago
Say I have Godo, Bandit Warlord with a Helm of the Host equipped and I move to combat. My only opponent has a Porcelain Legionnaire however and every time I swing at him with a 3/3 non-legendary Godo it gets swatted. I think I read somewhere that if a loop like this occurs one of the players will be forced to make a different choice. Who has to break the loop and is there a simple way to know who has to break it in the general case?
1 year ago
This looks great +1! I second the vote for Porcelain Legionnaire...I run it in an Esper build and it's my main beater in that deck... a turn two 3-power 1st strike is so good-your curve can easily include it(I would take out the Homunculus).